ABC11 Eyewitness News Honors Fallen Sept. 11 Firefighters at 3rd Annual Tunnel to Towers 5k Run

Event to Benefit UNC Jaycee Burn Center, Stephen Siller Foundation and Rebuilding Hope.

Raleigh, NC, September 09, 2011 --( ABC11 Eyewitness News ( has announced its participation in the 3rd Annual Tunnel To Towers 5K Run and Community Walk, honoring fallen Sept. 11 firefighters in Wake Forest, N.C. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, ABC11 Eyewitness News morning meteorologist Don Schwenneker will be the emcee for the 5K, which came to Wake Forest in 2009 to honor New York City firefighter Stephen Siller, who lost his life on Sept. 11, 2001. The race will begin at the Wake Forest Fire Department 1, located at 420 E. Elm St. in Wake Forest.

There are nearly 50 Tunnel to Towers runs across the United States honoring Siller. The Wake Forest run will benefit the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill; the Stephen Siller Foundation, which supports children who have lost a parent; and Rebuilding Hope, a non-profit organization that rebuilds the homes and lives of those in need. For more information on the 3rd Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run in Wake Forest, visit

“ABC11 Eyewitness News is proud to participating in honoring the heroes of Sept. 11, including firefighter Stephen Siller, at the 3rd Annual Tunnel to Towers 5k,” said John Idler, president of ABC11 Eyewitness News. “His legacy of courage and determination is an inspiration to us all as we come together to support an amazing cause.”

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- On Sept. 11, firefighter Stephen Siller ended his shift at Squad 1 in Brooklyn, when he learned of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. Feeling the need to help, he began driving towards Manhattan. After finding the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel closed to traffic, he ran with 60 pounds of gear strapped to his back through the tunnel all the way to the World Trade Center.

- At the race, awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers as well as the top finishers by age group each for men and women.

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